The new year has meant new routes, new recycling responsibilities and a fleet of new trucks for the City of Hattiesburg's Public Works Department.
But as the month winds down, Director Larry Barnes said the initial commotion has begun to coalesce into routine.
"It was pandemonium, but people are starting to understand now," Barnes said. "You know how it is when you change something, the sky is falling and all of that. But, for the most part, they're catching on."
At the start of the year, not only were collection days for garbage and trash altered for the majority of the city, but Public Works took over curbside recycling duties after a contract with private provider Waste Pro Inc. was not renewed.